Women's equality in the Scandinavian academy: a distant dream?

Seierstad, C and Healy, G (2012) Women's equality in the Scandinavian academy: a distant dream? Work, Employment & Society, 26 (2). pp. 296-313. ISSN 0950-0170

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While Scandinavian countries are deemed the most equal in the world, vertical sex segregation remains resilient in the Scandinavian academy. This article investigates women’s equality in universities in three Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, countries where women’s share of professorships is below the EU average. It explores the perception of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian women academics with respect to sex equality, hiring and discrimination. In doing so, it exposes the resilience of inequality regimes in Scandinavian universities and thereby questions the reality of sex equality in countries deemed the ‘most equal’. However, the article also finds that Norwegian respondents were less likely to report discrimination and it reflects on the reasons for differences between the Scandinavian countries.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: academia gender equality inequality regimes Scandinavia sex discrimination universities vertical segregation
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD4861 Labour systems
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2013 09:49
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 09:49
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45232
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